One of the most interesting technologies backing up the Vault Networks connection to the backbone internet carriers of the Americas is how we utilize Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to optimize your connection while utilizing your server. The technologies behind the scenes are very complicated to practice, though the general understanding is easy to understand, which is what we will be reviewing today.
BGP enables the exchange of routing information between gateway hosts (each a unique router) in a network of autonomous systems, or routing domains. BGP is based on a routing table connecting to every known router, the addresses they connect to, and the quality of the pathing to each router so that the connection established has the best possible latency and stability.
In other terms, say that your BGP network consists of your router, and four other routers across the country – one in California, Michigan, Texas, and Florida. If you wanted to connect to Google based in California (in this example), the BGP protocol will map the fastest route from Florida to California, which would go through Texas instead of Michigan, which is out of the way for this particular connection. However, if there is something wrong with the router in Texas, and the only way to get to California is through Michigan, the BGP protocol will take you that way instead of displaying an error, even though normally the best way is through Texas.
This is a very simple overview of BGP technology, and there is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes at a technical level to make the connection work. However, when setup at an enterprise level like our network is, it enables you to do things like communicate with multiple ISPs and using them to find the best possible way to go from point A to point B, regardless of where it is located either in the internet or in the real world.
BGP is a large part of the networking technology that goes into the Vault Networks network to not only provide the most stability and best latency possible for your connection, but also to minimize downtime. After all, our networking protocols are able to reroute traffic to a different direction on the fly if a network outage is noticed, reducing downtime to such a fraction that it will unnoticeable. To learn more about our network, please call us 305-735-8098, option #2, send us an email: Sales@vaultnetworks.com, or Chat with one of our reps live.
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